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POSTED July 23, 2020

The popular Lone Tree Arts Center summer series, Tunes on the Terrace, is back with an exciting live performance by the acclaimed Mary Louise Lee Band. Local favorites, The Nacho Men, will be performing live at PACE’s Drive-In Entertainment series. And the 20th Anniversary of the Highlands Ranch Classic Car Show celebrates with a special drive-through edition!


Wine Time is here with the Virtual Happy Hour on Zoom! The next best thing to an in-person Happy Hour tasting at HRCA, you can join in online and learn all about the variations and nuances of wine! Sign up for your free ticket, and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

HRCA on Zoom
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-471-8898

One of the more recent superhero epic films, this version of the comic book character goes back to the roots of Aquaman mythology—all the way back to the mysterious city of Atlantis that sunk into the ocean centuries ago. When the power-hungry ruler of the underwater city sets his sights on ruling the world above water as well, only his half-human brother, Aquaman, can save the planet!

Brookfield Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25/vehicle

Friday, July 24

Admit it—you’ve always wanted to learn Zumba, the flashy dance exercise workout with a South American flair! This is your chance to bring the whole family out to the park and dance along at the Family Fitness Series at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park.

Every Friday morning there’s a new routine to learn and try—and best of all, classes are FREE and open to all fitness levels and age groups! Pre-registration is required to ensure capacity allows for social distancing.

Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration: FREE

It’s called Kids Night Out because kids get to spend an evening of fun with other kids and a culinary staff who will help them create their very own spa foods. But in reality, it’s also a Parents Night Out because while the kids are safely having an evening of food and fun, you get to have your own night out! 

Flour Power is the kid-centric cooking school that will help kid-chefs create Spa-Tea-Dah sandwiches with sliced fresh vegetables and fruit smoothies for dinner. Later, they’ll also make homemade lip balm, decorate sleep masks, and enjoy a relaxation station with cucumbers for their eyes. It’s a relaxing night for everyone!

Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio, 2030 E. County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39
Phone: 720-656-9405

Enjoy the beauty and culture of classical ballet at home with this LIVESTREAM pop-up performance from International Youth Ballet. This is the same prestigious artistic troupe that has been a guest performer at HRCA for many years. Since they can’t perform live this year, they are bringing you excerpts of their classical repertoire plus a world premiere of two new ballets to the music of Rachmaninoff and Vivaldi. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes.

The performance will be streamed through Zoom and Facebook Live. Register for your free ticket and the Zoom link will be sent to you. This performance is live and will not be available to watch once finished, so make sure that you can tune in at 6:30 p.m. sharp!

HRCA Online
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

This week’s featured event at the PACE Center Drive-In is one of the area’s most entertaining acts. Since 1980, The Nacho Men have been making audiences smile—as well as get up and dance—with their special blend of dance music, costume changes, choreography, and side-splitting humor. Perfect for the entire family, this high-energy interactive rock-n-roll show includes street-corner a capella tunes, as well as popular music from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

You’ll be blown away by their stylish delivery, sizzling hot horn section, and of course, their tuxedos by “Salvation Armani.” Best of all, you can watch them sing right outside your car, with the sound coming through your FM radio!

PACE Center Parking Lot, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 per vehicle
Phone: 303-805-6800

The second in the series of the popular Harry Potter movies follows Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, together with his friends Hermione and Ron. The drive-in in the perfect family night out!

Brookfield Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25/vehicle

Friday-Saturday, July 24-25

Long awaited for, the Lone Tree Arts Center’s popular summer venue, Tunes on the Terrace, is back! The outdoor seating offers a safer way to gather, as well as a festive al fresco entertainment experience. This week’s show features the always-popular and much-acclaimed Mary Louise Lee Band, performing a refreshing mix of R&B, soul, contemporary jazz, and Top 40.

Mary Louise Lee is a native of Denver and has built an extraordinary performing career, touring nationally and internationally for close to 20 years. The Band has opened for artists including Stephanie Mills, Boyz II Men, Cameo, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Al B. Sure, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E., and Evelyn “Champagne” King. 

Terrace Theatre, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, CO
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40

Friday – Sunday, July 24-26

This family-favorite Paleontologist-for-a-Day exhibit is back for one weekend only in Colorado Springs! Jurassic Quest features over 100 dinosaurs, including the giants Spinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex, to experience full-size and live! Don’t miss the newest exhibition, Ancient Oceans, which features some of the largest prehistoric marine life, like the 50 foot-long Megalodon that you can’t see anywhere else!  Kids can ride atop a dinosaur and dig up real fossils! Take a stroll through the exhibit and experience walking dinosaurs and baby dinosaurs that love to nibble on guests!

Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs 
Fri., 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22 – $36
Phone: 719-637-3960

Saturday, July 25

If you are in need of an inspiring pick-me-up, nothing fills the bill like a Sunrise Hike. As the night stars fade into the cotton-candy-colors of the morning sky, you will be on your way up the majestic Cherokee Mountain on this guided hike!

Nature lovers and bird watchers will delight in seeing the first flight of the day of the many birds who call these surroundings their home. You may even glimpse a mountain lion or other wildlife that lives in this pristine setting. This is considered a moderate hike, suitable for ages 10 and over who are physically fit. The hike begins before sunrise, so bring a headlamp or flashlight. Long pants and good hiking shoes are recommended.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
5:00 – 7:00 a.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 303-688-5555


One of the most popular Highlands Ranch summer events, the Classic Car Show, is back for its 20th year—this year, with a twist! What better way to view a car show than by driving through it? You’ll be safe and sound in your own car and still get to see some great unique and classic cars.

Get out of the house while maintaining proper social distancing as you cruise by the participating vehicles that will fill the parking lot at Cherry Hills Community Church.  You’ll be comfortably seated in your air-conditioned car as you check them out. Load up the family and view a variety of classic cars, service vehicles, and trucks!

Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

The true silver lining of this pandemic summer is the myriad of creative ways that entertainers have come up with in order to get out there to meet their fans. As part of the Encore Drive-In Nights, this special concert-on-film brings country music star Blake Shelton, with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, right to the neighborhood!

The all-new, one-night-only concert feature was filmed exclusively for drive-in theaters across North America. From the safety of your vehicle, you get a night out to enjoy a cinematic concert experience under the summer sky. Tickets for this special midnight show at the drive-in are available until they sell out!

Brookfield Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
11:59 p.m.
Tickets: $115/vehicle

Sunday, July 26

Get up in time to experience a beautiful morning yoga practice in the park! This FREE exercise session is available for any level of yoga student, from beginning to master. Being outside for the practice deepens the yoga experience in many ways and helps you to focus awareness, breathe deeply, and practice stillness. 

While the session is free, pre-registration is required to limit the number of attendees. Social distancing will be followed. This event is for adults ages 18+ only.

Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Register: FREE 

The best in fresh local summer produce is yours for the picking at HRCA’s Farmers’ Market! As part of the Denver Farmers’ Markets, the finest weekly gatherings of local farmers and vendors will be there for you to peruse and select! It’s the best in farm-to-table, with all kinds of in-season produce, as well as homemade sauces, pastas, breads, sweets, and more. 

Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

This movie is a combination of people and the pocket-size monsters (Pokémon) they collect. When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his son Tim tries to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Since Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.

Brookfield Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25/vehicle

Plenty to Do Near Crystal Valley!

Away from it all, but close to everything, the master-planned community of Crystal Valley offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re in the area, stop by the amazing model homes from Century Communities, D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, and find out why our community is among the top five fastest-growing in the state with new homes priced from the $300s.


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